- The UCLA Bruins have moved from (-7) to (-18) on the spread against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
- The Tennessee Volunteers were favored by 27 points against the Bowling Green Falcons but now sit at (-34).
- The Mississippi State Bulldogs have gone from (-30.5) to (-23.5) against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
LAS VEGAS – Multiple college football matchups slated for the opening week of the season have seen their betting lines move by at least over a touchdown. This doesn’t happen often, so how has it happened three times for the first week of games so far?
UCLA Bruins vs Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
When this line opened, regulated sports betting sites had the UCLA Bruins as 9.0-point favorites over the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. Since then, the line had jumped all the way to UCLA being at (-18). It’s come back a little but still marks one of the biggest movements of the week.
UCLA vs Hawaii Spread Odds
- UCLA -17.5 -110
- Hawaii +17.5 -110
The Bruins’ starting quarterback, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, was missing time due to an injury in the offseason but has since been cleared to compete. This could play a part in the line movement, but it’s equally as possible that college football betting sites just simply have been taking too much action on UCLA to be able to cover.
Tennessee Volunteers vs Bowling Green Falcons
Despite opening as 27.0-point favorites, the Tennessee Volunteers have seen their line move as high as (-36) on the spread against the Bowling Green Falcons. Similar to the UCLA betting line, it has started to move back down, but the jump is still quite notable.
Tennessee vs Bowling Green Spread Odds
- Tennessee -34 -110
- Bowling Green +34 -110
The Volunteers will be playing their first game under Josh Heupel and doing so against a severely inferior team. The line has been bet up by a full touchdown making this one of the biggest movers of the opening week.
Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The previously mentioned contests both saw a heavy favorite become an even bigger favorite. However, the Mississippi State Bulldogs opened favored by 30.5 points but have since fallen to 23.5-point favorites against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. This is the biggest movement from an underdog of the entire week.
Mississippi State vs Louisiana Tech Spread Odds
- Mississippi State -23.5 -110
- Louisiana Tech +23.5 -110
These teams played back in 2018 and Mississippi State won by a convincing 45-3 margin. Line movement often indicates which way the game is going to go and online sportsbooks may be on to something with these games.
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